Lions skipper Zorko claims comment to Petty wasn’t an ‘unprovoked sledge’

Brisbane Lions captain Dayne Zorko says he “overstepped the mark” with a comment he made to Melbourne’s Harrison Petty, but claims it was not an “unprovoked sledge”.

Key points:

  • Zorko claims he and Petty exchanged words throughout the match
  • Petty was visibly upset following the incident
  • Zorko says he remains remorseful for the comment he made

Zorko allegedly made a comment about a family member of Petty’s during the Demons’ 58-point win over the Lions at the Gabba last Friday night.

The Lions did not sanction Zorko, who said he apologised to Petty — who was visibly upset following the incident — after the final siren.

Zorko also apologised to Petty and his family via a Lions media statement on Saturday.

He said he and Petty exchanged words “for the majority” of the match.

“My remorse still stands. If I could take it back, there’s no doubt I would,” Zorko told SEN radio.

“I just wanted to get across that it was an intense game. From the first bounce there was to-ing and fro-ing from both sides of the fence.

Author: Ivan Robinson